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Have you ever thought …

The best way I know to help choose what direction our community, state or nation moves toward is by voting for people who best reflect ...

September 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big shows in Covington and Porterdale this week

It's a big weekend of music in Covington this week, so let's get right down to it.

September 22, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Clamato and moose and Vegemite … oh, my!

Clamato juice. Kangaroo meat. Moose sausage. Vegemite. ANZAC biscuits.

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Piedmont Academy homecoming court named

The 2016 homecoming festivities for Piedmont Academy concluded Sept. 9 with the crowning of Ashley Johnston as Miss Cougar and Bailyn Whitaker as Miss Homecoming ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dan Forster honored with National Seth Gordon Award

Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


For the love of Fall

Although fall hasn't officially arrived yet, I've been enjoying the milder weather as if it was my favorite time of year already. After ...

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Telling it like it is

Although fall hasn't officially arrived yet, I've been enjoying the milder weather as if it was my favorite time of year already. After ...

September 18, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Have you ever thought ...

The death of a loved one, or someone close to us, is very difficult to deal with. Grief is a challenge for even the strongest ...

September 18, 2016 | | LIVING


Reaching nirvana through lawn maintenance

Cutting grass is a passion of mine, and I believe it to be good for the soul. I truly do.

September 18, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


A new time in Covington music

The music around town continues this week, even though one of the venues regularly featured in this space has closed recently. But other venues are ...

September 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Irwin: Bicycle helmets are the cause of Armadillo migration

Around Covington - even though it is just the 10th day of September and two weeks will pass before the Autumnal Equinox - the school year has ...

September 11, 2016 | Andy Irwin | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Too many times we wait until we are upset about something to speak up. When we hear of a "town hall," we may think it ...

September 11, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Big week of music in the Mill Village

There's another epic week of music on the horizon, so grab a plate and dig into to the smorgasbord that is the Music Minute.

September 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Pop tabs for Ronald McDonald houses

Raise your hands, if you are ready for a major medical diagnosis in your family?

September 04, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LIVING


Children are a gift from God to love and cherish

If you keep reading after the first paragraph or two, you may find yourself checking to see if another author might have penned this column ...

September 04, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


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Have you ever thought …

The family and home should be at the very core of any young life. When these turn against the child or youth, where does one turn? The need to make sure the child in need is heard is a growing problem in our nation and our community.

April 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Happy April; time to get growing

It's time to break some ground and get growing. Maybe it's time to break out of that rut of growing four tomato plants a year, and grow a diverse garden full of strange vegetables. Or maybe this is the year to that you need to grow enough to be prepared for a zombie apocalypse or the crash of the supermarket industry.

April 17, 2016 | Cory Mosser | LIVING


Local musician Drew Parker releases new single

Former Alcovy High School student and candidate of TVs The Voice released his new single "Slow Down Small Town" Friday, and the local country musician highlights his hometown.

April 16, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Brooke Serrano at Sycamore; Taylor Marie at Mystic Grill

Wow, can you believe we're in the middle of April, already? Everything is getting green, the weather sure has been nice, and the music has been rocking. There were so many great shows last week alone, and this week looks to be really good as well.

April 14, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Telling it like it is: A tribute to Aunt Kat

I'm dedicating this column to one of the sweetest ladies God put on this earth, my Aunt Kat. I promised not to spill all the beans because she's very special to me, but, today is a very special day to brag on her a little and tell her how much she means to me.

April 10, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


Harris headed to State 4-H Congress

You might have spotted Lavendar Harris at Leapin' Lizards pet store, where she volunteers.

April 10, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LIVING


Have You Ever Thought …

The website, "Only in Your State," recently released a list of the top 10 restaurants in Georgia. And you don't have to leave Covington to dine at one of them. The third name that pops up on the list is The Mystic Grill, found on Covington's historical square. The list is based on such review sites as Yelp, Open Table, Trip Advisor, and the like.

April 10, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton High School this coming weekend.

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


The simplest things can bring great pleasure

Now there are two. That is the number of geese left on the pond outside our back deck on the Ashton Hills Golf Course. There may be geese elsewhere on the course, but now we just see one pair. During the past two springs we have seen several dozen geese on that pond.

April 03, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Why grown-ups are grumpy

And why I am a children's entertainer.

April 03, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING


NCSS students selected for 2016 honors program

Six Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2016 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer.

April 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dustin Bragg among great week of music

Howdy, folks; it's so good to be back writing for you in this space again. Not only that, but it has been great seeing how much incredible musical talent we have around here. A lot of people seem to make the statement that there must be something in the water, concerning Newton's musicians. And I'm not inclined to disagree with that sentiment.

April 02, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


David Leinweiber — the flatpicking professor

Greetings and salutations good people, I hope everyone is doing alright. Once again, I appreciate all of the feedback on the last column. There were some great shows this past weekend. And I hope several of you got a chance to see some of the action.

March 31, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING


Have you ever thought …

Today is the most sacred day of the Christian year. The only day that would come close is Christmas. But Easter is, by far, the most sacred. Noted British theologian N.T. Niles wrote, "Take away the stories of Jesus's birth and you loose two chapters of Matthew and two of Luke. But take away the resurrection and you lose the entire New Testament."

March 27, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Telling It Like It Is . . . Bunny Tales

I'm going to let y'all in on a little secret about the Easter Bunny. It started several years ago when I was working for Winn-Dixie. I enjoyed shopping there and it was also a good place to work for almost five years. When I worked for Winn-Dixie, I worked in the floral department and dairy and frozen foods sections. But I was approached by the store manager about a new position.

March 27, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING


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